Good morning, Hunger Free Campus Coalition advocates,
Massachusetts can make history in 2022 by passing a Hunger Free Campus Initiative this month!
1 in 3 college students face food insecurity. Senators Harriette Chandler, Joan Lovely and many of their Senate colleagues have asked Senate Leadership to pass this initiative in “Informal Session” before the MA Legislature recesses at the end of December. If the Senate passes it soon, the House will have time to take this up. Huge thanks to Senators Chandler, Lovely and State Reps Andy Vargas, Mindy Domb and Joan Meschino for their leadership on this important legislation!
Congressman Jim McGovern just shared with us this powerful video, How Do We Create Change? - which highlights the importance of the Massachusetts Hunger Free Campus Initiative! MA is a leadership state on addressing food insecurity. We can do this now!
If you care about ensuring college students have access to food and are ready to learn, we need your voice! Please urge both your area Senator and Representative to ask the Senate and House Leadership to pass the Hunger Free Campus Initiative before they recess in early January 2023.
· Click on this “Take Action” item to send an email
· Make a phone call to your State Rep and Senator or check Progressive MA link here.
· Engage in social media with your State Rep and Senator. Here’s their handles!
As we get more information from the Hill over the next two weeks, we will give you updates.
Sample script for phone calls to your Rep/Senator or their aide (leave a VM!):
“My name is _____ and I live/work in ____. I'm calling to urge Senator (Rep) _____ to support passage of the Hunger Free Campus Initiative during informal session.
Senate Bill, 2811 (House Bill 4697) will provide a roadmap for the Department of Higher Education to address food insecurity on our public colleges and minority serving institutions and maximize federal nutrition dollars. In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 college students facing food insecurity. I appreciate Senator/Rep _____’s consideration of this request.”